Bois d'arc work #1: Cutting and Shaping Bois d'arc

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Blog entry by FCB posted 09-17-2016 01:16 AM 334 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a large bois d’arc tree that i want to cut down and use for making table tops and possibly counter tops. It is an odd shaped tree for around here North East Texas. It is a tall tree but the trunk is short and very large. Trunk is about 7-8’ tall, almost 14’ in circumference. Lower trunk is 6’ in diameter, middle trunk 5 feet in diameter and upper trunk is 6’. There are lots of large upper branches also. What is the best way to cut this tree and make it usable?



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#1 posted 09-17-2016 02:34 PM

Not familiar with the wood, nor an idea of what type of look you are going for, but I will take a shot in the dark here.

A single slab with live edges makes a nice table, but I don’t know if that’s your thing. If you take a thick slab right out of the middle, it could be a huge table. If you cut the pith out and use the quarter sawn on either side you can have a huge stable table top.

If you get it all cut into quarter sawn lumber, it would likely be the most stable you can get out of it, which is good for things like counter tops. Rift sawn and just sawing the log through and through will give you a nicer figure though. So it is a balancing act on what you want to achieve. Rift sawn, with the grain going at 45 degrees usually is best for legs as the grain will be pretty close to identical on all faces.

I hope I have the terminology correct, but you get the idea. More information on your desires would be helpful. I just threw out a couple of generalisations.

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